ASUS GeForce RTX 3060 Ti STRIX OC Review 27

ASUS GeForce RTX 3060 Ti STRIX OC Review

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Introduction

ASUS Logo

The ASUS Republic of Gamers (ROG) STRIX GeForce RTX 3060 Ti OC is the company's top of the line custom-design graphics card based on the newly launched GeForce RTX 3060 Ti Ampere GPU by NVIDIA. Launching at the same price points as the RTX 2060 Super, the new RTX 3060 Ti is designed to offer 1440p AAA gaming with RTX raytracing enabled. NVIDIA's RTX real-time raytracing technology combines traditional raster 3D graphics with certain raytraced elements, such as lighting, shadows, reflections, illumination, etc., which significantly ups realism. Even these few effects are extremely compute-intensive to pull off in real time, so NVIDIA innovated fixed-function hardware to handle them.

Compared to the RTX 20-series Turing, the design focus with the RTX 30-series Ampere has been to improve performance in games with RTX enabled, which means the GPU's conventional raster 3D performance is significantly better, with NVIDIA claiming that the RTX 3060 Ti beats the RTX 2080 Super—a $700 previous-generation card for the same use case. The 2nd generation RTX technology combines new Ampere CUDA cores with concurrent FP32+INT32 math performance, 2nd generation RT cores which double the intersection performance over the previous generation, and add hardware for raytraced motion-blur effects; and 3rd generation Tensor cores that leverage the sparsity phenomenon in neural nets to increase AI inference performance significantly.



NVIDIA carved the RTX 3060 Ti out of the same 8 nm GA104 silicon as the RTX 3070. While the RTX 3070 nearly maxes it out, the RTX 3060 Ti is significantly cut down, featuring 38 out of 48 streaming multiprocessors physically present on the chip; 152 Tensor cores, 38 RT cores, 152 TMUs, and 80 ROPs. The memory setup is identical, with the card featuring 8 GB of GDDR6 memory across a 256-bit wide memory interface clocked at 14 Gbps. ASUS has significantly overclocked the RTX 3060 Ti from its reference 1665 MHz up to 1860 MHz.

The ROG STRIX RTX 3060 Ti features the company's latest generation ROG STRIX DirectCU III cooling solution, which looks like it's capable of cooling a GPU two segments above the RTX 3060 Ti. A large triple-slot aluminium fin-stack heatsink is ventilated by three Axial-Tech fans designed to guide all their airflow axially, onto the heatsink. The card features a much stronger VRM solution than reference, capable of supporting high power limits. The card is longer than the PCB underneath, which means much of the airflow form the third fan is guided through the card and directly out the vents on the backplate. ASUS is pricing the RTX 3060 Ti ROG STRIX OC at a steep $500, a 25% premium over the $400 baseline price, and exactly the same price as the RTX 3070 baseline. In this review, we explore whether the ASUS ROG STRIX RTX 3060 Ti is worth such a large premium.

GeForce RTX 3060 Ti Market Segment Analysis
 PriceShader
Units
ROPsCore
Clock
Boost
Clock
Memory
Clock
GPUTransistorsMemory
RTX 2060$3001920481365 MHz1680 MHz1750 MHzTU10610800M6 GB, GDDR6, 192-bit
RX 5700$3302304641465 MHz1625 MHz1750 MHzNavi 1010300M8 GB, GDDR6, 256-bit
GTX 1080$3302560641607 MHz1733 MHz1251 MHzGP1047200M8 GB, GDDR5X, 256-bit
RTX 2060 Super$3802176641470 MHz1650 MHz1750 MHzTU10610800M8 GB, GDDR6, 256-bit
RX Vega 64$400 4096641247 MHz1546 MHz953 MHzVega 1012500M8 GB, HBM2, 2048-bit
GTX 1080 Ti$6503584881481 MHz1582 MHz1376 MHzGP10212000M11 GB, GDDR5X, 352-bit
RX 5700 XT$3702560641605 MHz1755 MHz1750 MHzNavi 1010300M8 GB, GDDR6, 256-bit
RTX 2070$3402304641410 MHz1620 MHz1750 MHzTU10610800M8 GB, GDDR6, 256-bit
RTX 2070 Super$4502560641605 MHz1770 MHz1750 MHzTU10413600M8 GB, GDDR6, 256-bit
Radeon VII$6803840641802 MHzN/A1000 MHzVega 2013230M16 GB, HBM2, 4096-bit
RTX 2080$6002944641515 MHz1710 MHz1750 MHzTU10413600M8 GB, GDDR6, 256-bit
RTX 2080 Super$6903072641650 MHz1815 MHz1940 MHzTU10413600M8 GB, GDDR6, 256-bit
RTX 3060 Ti$4004864801410 MHz1665 MHz1750 MHzGA10417400M8 GB, GDDR6, 256-bit
ASUS RTX 3060 Ti
STRIX OC
$5004864801410 MHz1860 MHz1750 MHzGA10417400M8 GB, GDDR6, 256-bit
RTX 2080 Ti$10004352881350 MHz1545 MHz1750 MHzTU10218600M11 GB, GDDR6, 352-bit
RTX 3070$5005888961500 MHz1725 MHz1750 MHzGA10417400M8 GB, GDDR6, 256-bit
RX 6800$5803840961815 MHz2105 MHz2000 MHzNavi 2123000M16 GB, GDDR6, 256-bit
RX 6800 XT$65046081282015 MHz2250 MHz2000 MHzNavi 2123000M16 GB, GDDR6, 256-bit
RTX 3080$7008704961440 MHz1710 MHz1188 MHzGA10228000M10 GB, GDDR6X, 320-bit

Packaging

Package Front
Package Back


The Card

Graphics Card Front
Graphics Card Back
Graphics Card Front Angled

The ASUS ROG STRIX RTX 3060 Ti uses a huge triple-slot, triple-fan cooling solution. Unlike past generations, the bulk of the card's RGB bling has been moved towards the top-edge of the card as those parts of the card are more readily visible in a typical windowed case. When viewed from the front, you'll feel like the shroud is smothering the heatsink underneath. This is intentional as the three Axial-Tech fans direct all of their airflow axially, onto the heatsink. The shroud opens up along the sides and top, while the backplate has large vents that guide airflow from one of the fans straight through.

Graphics Card Dimensions

Dimensions of the card are 32 x 14.5 cm, and it weighs 1828 g.

Graphics Card Height
Graphics Card Back Angled

Installation requires three slots in your system.

Monitor Outputs, Display Connectors

Display connectivity options include three standard DisplayPort 1.4a and two HDMI 2.1—an additional HDMI over the FE. Interestingly, the USB-C port for VR headsets, which NVIDIA introduced on the Turing Founders Editions, has been removed—guess it didn't take off as planned. The DisplayPort 1.4a outputs support Display Stream Compression (DSC) 1.2a, which lets you connect 4K displays at 120 Hz and 8K displays at 60 Hz. Ampere can drive two 8K displays at 60 Hz with just one cable per display.

Ampere is the first GPU to support HDMI 2.1, which increases bandwidth to 48 Gbps to support higher resolutions, like 4K144 and 8K30, with a single cable. With DSC, this goes up to 4K240 and 8K120. NVIDIA's new NVENC/NVDEC video engine is optimized to handle video tasks with minimal CPU load. The highlight here is added support for AV1 decode. Just like on Turing, you may also decode MPEG-2, VC1, VP8, VP9, H.264, and H.265 natively, at up to 8K@12-bit.

The encoder is identical to Turing. It supports H.264, H.265, and lossless at up to 8K@10-bit.

Graphics Card Power Plugs

Unlike the Founders Edition, which uses the NVIDIA 12-pin power connector, ASUS uses standard PCIe power plugs. The card uses two 8-pin power inputs, which are specified to provide up to 375 W in power.

Multi-GPU Area

The GeForce RTX 3060 Ti does not support SLI. Only the RTX 3090 has very limited SLI support.


This BIOS switch lets you toggle between the default (Performance) BIOS and a "quiet" BIOS, which runs the fans much quieter, at slower speeds with higher temperature, and also reduces clocks slightly.


Two fan headers near the back of the card can be used to connect case fans to the graphics card. These fans will now run in sync with the graphics card fans—stopped when idle and at increasing speed correlating to the GPU temperature. Since the graphics card is the primary heat source in most computers, this makes a lot of sense and helps keep noise levels down.

Teardown

Graphics Card Cooler Front
Graphics Card Cooler Back

ASUS's thermal solution uses seven heatpipes. The main heatsink not only cools the GPU, but also provides cooling for memory chips and VRM circuitry.


To protect against sagging, a metal frame provides additional stability for the card.


The backplate is made out of metal and protects the card against damage during installation and handling.

High-resolution PCB Pictures

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Graphics Card Teardown PCB Front
Graphics Card Teardown PCB Back


High-res versions are also available (front, back).

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